The Week Ahead @ Henry


Photo courtesy of Julia Greenway.


Thursday, June 19, 12:30 pm

Find the balance you need and interaction you crave with Julia Greenway every third Thursday.


Opening Night. Photo credit: Dan Bennett.

Opening Night. Photo credit: Dan Bennett.

Arts Dawgs Reception and Tour: 2014 MFA + MDes Thesis Exhibition

Thursday, June 19, 6:00-8:00 pm- CLOSES SUNDAY

Each year, the Henry presents the University of Washington’s School of Art Master of Fine Arts and Master of Design annual exhibition. This special Arts Dawgs event offers for a reception and tour of the exhibition. The artists will be present. The UW Alumni Association and ArtsUW have partnered once again to offer UWAA members exciting opportunities to experience the arts as an insider. Learn more about the program here. Tickets will be available at the door tonight.


Hylaeus Project, Fieldwork in Hawaii. Image Courtesy of Lisa Schonberg.

Summer Field Studies Takes to the Open Air

June 21 – September 14

Summer Field Studies is a presentation and interactive program series that invites visitors to explore contemporary art and ideas not only at the Henry, but out in the surrounding landscape.

Artists, musicians, permaculture advocates, curators, activists, sailors, poets and explorers were invited to participate in the creation of a series of interactive field guides for the Henry’s Test Site. These field guides will introduce visitors to a variety of individual and collaborative projects from in around the Pacific Northwest that deal with landscape as a means to facilitate personal reflection and as a discursive space. Projects range from outdoor residency programs, floating concerts, visits to secret gardens, and much more.

Featured artists: Meagan Atiyeh, Sara Edwards, Nat Evans, Jason Goods, Amy Harwood, Tessa Hulls, Garek Jon Druss, Joanne Lepreore, Molly Mac, Daniela Molnar, NKO, Michelle Peñaloza, Clyde Peterson, Ryan Pierce, Susan Robb, Kerri Rosenstein, Lisa Schonberg, Elizabeth Spavento, Allyce Wood

The Week Ahead @ Henry

Courtesy Ken Lambert from the Seattle Times.

Mindfulness Meditation

Thursday, June 12, 12:30pm

Moment by moment we live our lives; come learn how to be more mindful with us among the art.


Closing this Sunday!

This is the last week you’ll be able to see The Brink: Anne Fenton. We have been honored to show this emerging Northwest artist at the Henry. Not only is her work thoughtful and engaging, but it’s fun — much like the artist herself. Do yourself a favor and come check the show out this week!


Anne Fenton installation image

Installation view of “The Brink: Anne Fenton.” Photo credit: R.J. Sánchez.

Artist Anne Fenton with Brink Award funders Shari and John Behnke to her right. Photo credit: Dan Bennett.

Artist Anne Fenton with Brink Award funders Shari and John Behnke to her right. Photo credit: Dan Bennett.

The Week Ahead @ Henry

A previous yoga session in our Test Site space.

A previous yoga session in our Test Site space.


Thursday, May 15, 12:30 – 1:00 PM

VIDEO//YOGA is part of a series of yoga classes taught side-by-side with video art; creating an immersive visual and yogic experience that activates and engages all the senses. Julia Greenway, instructor and curator at Interstitial Theatre, invites you to enjoy the enriching experience of yoga in an environment of freedom, creativity, and compassion. FREE EVENT. Space is limited please RSVP.

Mirror Check

Friday, May 16, 6:00 pm & Sunday, May 18, 2:30 pm

In Mirror Check, one of Joan Jonas’s earliest works, a performer uses a small, round hand-held mirror to inspect all visible parts of her exposed body. Mirror Check marks an important theoretical and artistic turning point in her practice, when mirrors cease to be a material utilized in her sculptures and become actual instruments in her live performances.


Can’t wait to celebrate the 45th anniversary of our favorite street fair! Image courtesy University District Street Fair.

University District 45th Annual Street Fair

Saturday May 17th & Sunday May 18th

Food trucks, art, and live performances – join us in the best neighborhood party in Seattle. Look for the ArtsUW booth to win prizes and free tickets!



Museum Week Northwest and International Museum Day

From May 16 – 23, enjoy Museum Week Northwest, a celebration of our region’s museums and cultural institutions in conjunction with the American Alliance of Museums annual conference in Seattle. More than 55 organizations have created special programming and admission offers. Check them out!

May 18th is both International Museum Day AND Art Museum Day. We’re celebrating by offering FREE admission to the Henry and a special curator-led tour of “Parallel Practices: Joan Jonas & Gina Pane” at 2 pm. Join us!

Jellyfish Eyes and Japan’s Monster Culture

Please enjoy the this guest post on our upcoming screening of Jellyfish Eyes by writer/scholar Zack Davisson.

The Henry is honored to be one of nine host art institutions across the USA to host these screenings the first weekend of May. Jellyfish Eyes (Mememe No Kurage) [still].

Japan loves monsters. They write books about monsters, draw comics about monsters, make movies about monsters, and even name their foods after monsters. Whether it is from the magical menagerie of Japan’s traditional yōkai or the post-war, towering beasts of destruction like Godzilla, Gamera, or Ultraman; or the endless parade of modern Pokemon (which translates into English as Pocket Monster); Japanese children are weaned on monsters. They find these strange beasts as friendly of companions as American children find Snoopy and Yoda. It comes as no surprise that one of Japan’s premier modern artists, Takashi Murakami, loves monsters, too.

Murakami has always included monsters in his artwork. When he was searching for an artistic style free of Western influence—something “uniquely Japanese”—he found was he was looking for in Japan’s monsters. His Superflat* exhibitions summoned all of Japan’s monsters, from the distant Heian period prints to the garish extravaganza of modern pop culture, and smashed them together into an organic style that speaks both of Murakami and Japan.

In his first film Jellyfish Eyes, Murakami again summons monsters. They are monsters of his own creation but with a nod to two fellow Japanese artists in particular—Shigeru Mizuki and Toru Narita. In an interview with Harper’s Bazaar, Murakami states that Jellyfish Eyes is “… inspired by ‘a manga called GeGeGe no Kitaro’ from the 1960s,” a comic that “accidentally formed the basis for the rest of [his] life.” In an interview with The Wall Street Journal, he expands, saying “My life is heavily influenced by two television shows – Ultraman [1966-1967] and Ultra Seven [1967-68] – because of the artists behind them, especially the Ultraman series artistic designer Toru Narita.”

Murakami is in good company. These artists—Takashi Murakami, Kitaro-creator Shigeru Mizuki, and Ultraman-designer Toru Narita—are torch-bearers of Japan’s monster culture. Shigeru Mizuki rescued Japan’s folkloric yōkai monsters from the ashes of WWII, recasting them as down-to-earth working class heroes with very human motivations and adventures. Mizuki is a mix of the sacred and the profane, pursuing serious scholarly research into yōkai for his Yōkai Encyclopedias, all the while injecting his comic Kitaro with his own earthy sense of humor—fart jokes and all. Toru Narita dove into the future for his monsters, more inspired by the American Buck Rogers and alien attacks than mythical yōkai. He gave the children of Japan a sense of hope for the future and a much needed escape during a time of social upheaval and transformation.

These three artists are also not content delivering mere entertainment. Mizuki turned his beloved Kitaro characters into history teachers, brutally confronting Japan with its own past in his comic series Showa: A History of Japan. Narita also used his monsters to personify social problems, creating physical manifestations of complex issues for Ultraman to smash. In the same way, Murakami promises that Jellyfish Eyes will use the approachable, familiar, and friendly faces of these cute little monsters to educate the children of Japan about concepts as grim as the inevitability of death and the certainty of periodic failure.

And, I have no doubt, at the same time Murakami will inspire a new generation of Japanese monster-lovers to carry their strange beasts into the future.


See Murakami’s Jellyfish Eyes this weekend at Henry Art Gallery – get tickets here.


*”Superflat” is a term coined by Murakami to describe the way various forms of graphic design, pop culture, and fine arts are compressed or flattened in Japan. Want to learn more? Join us at 6pm on May 2nd, before the 7pm screening of Jellyfish Eyes, for “Collections in Focus: Superflat” with UW Associate Professor James Thurtle for a FREE conversation and viewing of works from our collection. Thurtle will make connections between Murakami’s work, manga, anime, and the ‘flat’ images of 17th, 18th and 19-century Japanese printmakers.


Zack Davisson is a translator, writer, and scholar of Japanese folklore, ghosts, and manga. He is the author of Yurei: The Japanese Ghost and the translator of Shigeru Mizuki’s Showa 1926-1939: A History of Japan. He also created the popular Japanese folklore website Hyakumionogatari Kaidankai.

The Week Ahead @ Henry

Stop in this Thursday to experience music from performers from the UW School of Music. Enjoy these images of past events in this Luncheonette series every third Thursday at noon.

Music fills the Henry.  Photo by P. Dawn Keenen

Jazz with Haegue Yang
Photo by P. Dawn Keenen

Brass section in Katinka Bocke Photo by Chona Kassinger

Brass section in Katinka Bocke
Photo by Chona Kasinger


Our Spring Open House is next Friday — get your tickets now!


open house

The Week Ahead @ Henry

March is here and we couldn’t be more excited to be closer to spring. We invite you to come see our two new exhibitions that opened over the weekend: Parallel Practices: Joan Jonas & Gina Pane and The Brink: Anne Fenton.


Join us in the galleries on the first Thursday of every month for a midday concert series featuring performances from solo and chamber musicians from the University of Washington School of Music.

Music fills the Henry.  Photo by P. Dawn Keenen

Music fills the Henry.
Photo by P. Dawn Keenen

Critical Collaboration Session: Politics

Thursday night get down and gritty in Seattle politics while using Seattle’s Aurora Avenue as a point of departure. Discussion will publicly address issues of identity, place, and civic infrastructure through design.

Artist Lecture: Daniel Baumann

Join us Thursday night for the latest lecture in an annual series is organized to accompany the course Art 361/595 Critical Issues in Contemporary Art Practice, taught by guest lecturer Eric Fredericksen.

Due to the popularity of this series, we encourage you to RSVP. Doors open at 6:15pm and seating is first come first served for those with reserved tickets. All unclaimed seats will be released at 6:50pm. If you were unable to RSVP, please come by the Henry front desk, as a limited number of standby tickets will be made available 10 mins prior to the lecture.

To view videos of previous lectures in this series, click here.

Collection in Focus: The Problem with Objects — DATE CHANGED to 3/20

Join artist and Cornish Professor Ephraim Russell on Thursday night for a conversation about contemporary sculpture. Examining a selection of sculpture from the Henry’s permanent collection, Russell will explore how cultural expectations around utility and the function of objects define the way we value and respond to sculpture.

ArtVENTURES at the Henry: Dig In!

Bring the family this Sunday because it is time to dig into the sculptures of Katinka Bock and excavate themes of history and archeology in the exhibition Katinka Bock: A and I. We’ll explore the transformation of natural materials in an interactive way.

The Week Ahead @ Henry

Today is George Washington’s Birthday.

Photo by Dan Bennett

Photo by Dan Bennett


Stretch your body and your mind, get out of the cold Thursday with us at lunch time. Wondering what VIDEO//YOGA is really like? Check out this great blog post by Valeria Koulikova from Beyond the Quad, the UW College of Arts and Sciences Student Blog.

Critical Collaboration Session: Crossings

What do you get when a UW student crosses the street? Let’s find out! Using Seattle’s Aurora Avenue as a point of departure, students and visitors will publicly address issues of identity, place, and civic infrastructure through design. Thursday night; free and open to the public.

Photo courtesy of LA Times

Artist Lecture: Amanda Ross-Ho

We are excited to welcome Amanda Ross-Ho back to the Henry to speak in the UW School of Art artist lecture series. Amanda was a featured artist in our 2010 exhibition Image Transfer: Pictures in a Remix Culture. Get tickets now for Artist Lecture: Amanda Ross-Ho.

Wish you hadn’t missed a past lecture? You can see them all here on the UW SoA’s Vimeo page.

“HITS of Sunshine” Comes to the Henry Tomorrow!

The Henry is excited to host HITS of Sunshine in the middle of this cold snap. We caught up with Lisa Schonberg and Allan Wilson from the group for a quick conversation.

Henry: First off, you are coming to dark, cold, Seattle so let’s start with an important question: How do you take your coffee?

Lisa: Black, and in one of those taller ‘regular’ mugs, rather than in one of those broad saucer things.

Allan: Decaf.  Exciting, no?

Henry: Seattle is cold, like bone-chilling cold, lately. Portland, where you live, has had similar weather. In weather like this, what part of Joshua Tree do you miss most?

Lisa: It is definitely cold here. We’ve been “snowed in” for a few days now; all it takes is a few inches and everything gets canceled, since they do not have the infrastructure to handle it. I often miss the consistent warmth and dryness of Joshua Tree. I am much more adept at dealing with excessive heat than cold (my extremities shut down if they get too cold), and I never mind an intense sweat, whereas I get pretty grumpy when it I am cold for too long. I loved hiking in the desert in the sun, as long as I prepared myself with sunscreen and a wide hat. I also loved how the sand got into everything; my skin was different there, and my hair has this nice consistency and would hold itself in braids without any hairbands, and i just felt good – my circulation and my systems were functioning more smoothly. My energy levels were consistently higher and I did not experience the midday slump that is typical for most people I know in the Pacific Northwest. It is near impossible to bring that feeling to the cold damp Pacific Northwest unfortunately, but I just remember to get out in nature as much as I can regardless of the climate, and to walk aimlessly on trails. Even though I can’t replicate the feeling of sun or sand or open skies, and might need an espresso to keep my energy up, I can definitely still get the pleasure of walking in wild areas and the good feeling that always brings to me.

Allan: We spent an autumn month there (October 2012), which is a warm, pleasant time to visit.  So this week especially, Joshua Tree feels like a memory from a distant past on another planet.  I miss it all, really: the company, working everyday in Andrea’s studio, the boulders, the campfires, the smell of the creosote bushes, the outdoor kitchen and encampment, our wagonstations (where we slept), the stars, sunrises, sunsets (my lord, the sunsets!!), the various bugs and critters with whom we literally crossed paths every day… even the scorpions and rattlesnakes I miss, and now sincerely thank for choosing to leave us and our friends unharmed.

Here is a video of their experience so you can check out what Lisa and Allan are describing.

Henry: Watching this movie, it seems like place was a big part of the art and presentation. Will the Henry’s space be utilized as fully for the performance here?

Lisa: Well, there’s no way to replicate bouldered hillsides obviously, and sound will carry much differently in a closed space. We’ve already put on the performance at an indoor venue, Disjecta in Portland, and so we have dealt with some of the limitations, but also have benefited from the advantages of using an indoor space, such as being able to more easily control the movement of sound. Volume levels will come across more consistently and we do not have to deal with the elements of noise from wind or things like that. We will not have a full setup of speakers like we did in Joshua Tree, since there isn’t the same sort of space to walk around in to get the full effect of that sound installation and the spread of different samples coming at you from different points. And we don’t have the boulders to project visuals on. So we will instead be focusing on the music and fashion, sound collages and field recordings, and adding a new element of dance to our performance. Like Disjecta, Henry will offer us the advantage of a more concentrated space where it is easier to hone in the audience’s focus. We will be presenting our sound collages and field recordings in a new and interesting way at the Henry; they’ll be projected through the speaker system throughout the museum. I am excited about that!

Allan: Definitely. We decided to expand on what we did in the desert, and will be incorporating dance into parts of the performance. Fortunately, the sound system at the Henry will allow us to create a sort of “surround sound” environment, using the field samples we recorded in JT that form the core of many of our compositions. We’re also considering utilizing video projections during the performance.

Henry: Is there anything else you are looking forward to while you are here in Seattle?

Lisa: The library! And visiting with my old friends.

Allan: I guess I love Dick’s.  You know, the hamburger place.

Henry: Thanks, Allan and Lisa, we look forward to this weekend! get your tickets here for HITS of Sunshine.

Here are a few resources to get to know the creators:

Lisa’s website is frequently updated and she just got back from a similar trip in Hawaii.

Allan’s band !!! is currently on break from touring to create new music.

The third member of Hits of Sunshine, Heather Treadway, couldn’t join us for this chat but you can see her fashions at the event and on her website.

The Week Ahead @ Henry

Mindfulness Meditation

Be still your thoughts while surrounded by art. Meditations begin promptly at 12:30 on Thursday. 

Critical Collaboration Session: Identity

Who am I? Does that change when I enter a new space? Will I be the same person after crossing a threshold? Using Seattle’s Aurora Avenue as a point of departure, students and visitors will publicly address issues of identity, place, and civic infrastructure through design. Sessions are free and open to the public.

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Artist Lecture: Paul Elliman

Whether love is blind or not we are already in love with Paul Elliman. This lecture is sold out. Doors open at 6:15. We encourage you to arrive early to secure your seat. At 6:50, unclaimed seats will be released to those on the wait list. The lecture begins promptly at 7 pm. Thank you!

HITS of Sunshine

Whatcha doing on Feb 14th? Got a date? Not got a date? Want to dance either way? We’ve got “HITS of Sunshine” to lighten these dark, rainy days for you (There’s also rumors that day-glo cocktails may be offered). Get tickets here.

Grad Student Happy Hour Haiku Hunt

Enjoy the poems created during our annual Graduate Student Happy Hour. You can see more at the Haiku Hunt & What if? website created by Kat Seidemann, Talena Lachelle Queen, and Diana Savora, all of whom are students  in the MFA Creative Writing and Poetics at UW-Bothell

Hawkeye King, Engineering–E.E. PhD

Looks like molecules
When viewed from above
She taught me that

photo by Dan Bennett

photo by Dan Bennett


Sky light in wall
mysteries of all
Changing with the fall

photo by Dan Bennett

photo by Dan Bennett


2 hours until class
I could do all my reading
or have a beer here

photo by Dan Bennett

photo by Dan Bennett

Jordan R., Audiology

I wasted hours at
the Henry Art Gallery.
I regret nothing.

photo by Dan Bennett

photo by Dan Bennett